FORT COLLINS, COLO - All electricity customers of Fort Collins Utilities are invited to attend an open house to learn about the options available to Platte River Power Authority, including costs, for reducing greenhouse gas (ghg) emissions.
With the help of a consultant, an internal cross-functional team has been evaluating the benefits and costs of various options for reducing ghg emissions.
"Fort Collins Utilities' customers will be impacted by the methods we may select," said Platte River General Manager Brian Moeck. "We would like to provide information about the options available to us and seek input."
In order to establish benchmarks for its ghg emissions, Platte River has voluntarily submitted reports on these emissions to the U.S. Department of Energy since 1997. Platte River was also the first non-California utility to join the California Climate Action Registry (Registry). The registry is a voluntary, non-profit public/private partnership that serves as a ghg registry to encourage and promote early actions to reduce ghg emissions.
"The Board of Directors supports the effort to review the specific options available to Platte River, with the knowledge that new technology may present better options in the future," said Ralph Mullinix, Loveland Water and Power Director and Chairman of the Board of Platte River Power Authority.
As part of his Climate Action Plan, Governor Ritter has asked Colorado’s electricity generators to consider how they could reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 20 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and to 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050.
"Platte River has always been proactive in planning and implementing operational improvements that benefit the environment," said Moeck. "The actions we’ve already taken put us in a great position to respond to the Governor's request".
The open house will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, at the Fort Collins Marriott, Windsor Rooms 1 and 2. The Marriott is located at 350 E. Horsetooth Rd.
Information on Governor Ritter's Plan can be found at http://www.colorado.gov/energy/in/uploaded_pdf/ColoradoClimateActionPlan_001.pdf